Day 5 (7/20/18): Our alarms went off at 4 am as we reluctantly crawled out of our warm sleeping bags and drove to Moraine Lake to catch the sunrise. We arrived at first light and caught a spectacularly slow sunrise. The tips of the Ten Peaks slowly illuminated as sunlight filled the sky. The teal waters began to burst with color the brighter it got.
What a way to start a day. Despite being cranky, we fueled up at a local cafe and drove to Lake Louise to try and beat the crowds. Our hike was the Plain of Six Glaciers with a stop at the famous tea house.
The trail began with a nice walk along Lake Louise’s shores. We weaved in and out of the groups of people strolling along the path. Soon the lake trail ended and we began climbing into the glacier carved valley that sits behind Lake Louise. Closer and closer we moved with breathtaking views around every corner and switchback. Eventually we made it to the tea house.
The tea house opened in 1924 and has hardly changed since. There is no electricity at the location, but that doesn’t stop the cash only establishment from producing delicious tea, biscuits, and other small bites.
Once we refueled, we set off on the trial to finish out the final kilometer to the viewpoint of the Plain of Six Glaciers. We were met with dramatic views of the glaciers, including a view of Abbot Pass. The glaciers creaked and cracked and even produced a small avalanche in the short time we were there.
Reluctant to leave, we set off back towards Lake Louise. By the time we got to the banks, it was about 30° C and we dunked our hats in the clear water to cool off. Back to camp we went to take a much deserved nap.
I have to give a special shout out to our friends @americabaldbeautiful
, whom we met by chance on our adventure last month in Utah and Arizona. They recommended the hike to us and it didn’t disappoint one bit. Give them a follow as they meander their way through North America in their trusty sprinter.